Sunday, December 18, 2011

♬ Angels We Have Heard on High ♬

in Ex-cel-sis De-o!

Tonight the choir and the congregation raised their heavenly, and not so heavenly (speaking for myself), voices in a candlelight Christmas service bringing back memories of a small band of friends attending Christmas eve service in Bethlehem when each of the gathered nations sang verses of the traditional French carol "Les Anges dans nos Campagne" in their mother tongue. Most of us didn't understand the verses sung in a foreign language but when it came to the chorus the whole congregation raised the church rafters. It was amazing to experience a sense of universal joy, one that transcended all man-made borders. Divine.

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir is perhaps the closest human approximation of the heavenly host:

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